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The Josephus Problem

Author(s): 
Doug Ensley

 

Doug Ensley
deensl@ship.edu

Shippensburg University

This simple Javascript-enhanced web page leads students on an exploration of the "Josephus Problem," a classic problem of recreational mathematics involving the elimination of people arranged in a circle by, one at a time, removing every kth remaining person until only one person is left.

INTENDED USES:

  • Class demo
  • Student use

APPROPRIATE COURSES:

Early College, High School (9-12)

SOFTWARE SPECIFICATIONS:

Systems supported: Should work in a generic browser in any OS

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Doug Ensley, "The Josephus Problem," Loci (November 2004)

Dummy View - NOT TO BE DELETED